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Chaos in the US signals ‘dark day for democracy’

A security expert has labelled US domestic troubles and its withdrawal from international leadership under President Donald Trump as "a really dark day for democracy".

"Tragically, America's problems are our problems," National Security College head Professor Rory Metcalf told 9News.

Mr Trump is abandoning the international institutions the US helped establish, and nations like Russia and China are filling the vacuum.

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"The contrast between democracy and authoritarianism is now being drawn in very stark lines," Prof Metcalf said.

"The authoritarian states, China and Russia, have seized on the pandemic as an opportunity to argue democracy doesn't work."

The power play is the root cause of Australia's current testy relationship with China.

To hedge against an unpredictable US president, Australia is now busy building alliances with other democracies like India, Indonesia and Japan.

"Look after ourselves first, look after our friends second, and demonstrate that government by the people can work," Prof Metcalf said.

Labor leader Anthony Albanese labelled the current social dysfunction in the US "a tragedy" amid the protests over the death of George Floyd.

"It's important that leaders seek to unite, not divide," he said.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/world/us-russia-china-dark-day-for-democracy-amid-donald-trump-george-floyd-protests-coronavirus/8f17a504-6259-4888-97a4-3d725759ea59

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